Adult Events

  1. Tue Sep. 1 - Sun Feb. 28

  2. Thu Jan. 21 - Sun Feb. 28

  3. Mon Jan. 25 - Sat Feb. 27

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  1. Library

    Physical Address
    100 Garfield Street
    Newington, CT 06111

    Phone: 860-665-8700

Online Events/Programs via Zoom Cloud Meetings, YouTube, Facebook and NCTV


Some events will take place on Zoom Cloud Meetings and all of the information on how to join an event can be found by clicking here. Registration is required. Participants who register by calling 860-665-8700 will be emailed a link to access the Zoom program prior to the event. We hope to see you there!  

Other events, which are not live and do not require registration are on our YouTube Channel and can be accessed via YouTube or on this events page.. There will also be some Live YouTube events scheduled that will require registration by calling 860-665-8700.

Some of our library programs with community partners will be available on NCTV on Tuesdays @10:00 a.m. and Thursdays @ 7:00 p.m. 

 If you want to view some past programs you may have missed, scroll down to the bottom of this page to view the videos.

virtual tech help

Virtual Tech Help Appointments

Are you looking for help downloading an eBook?  Are you wondering how to get started with our streaming services like Acorn TV? Do you need help with your smartphone or iPad? Call the library to schedule a one on one appointment with a librarian! Appointments will be held through Zoom.

literary bookmarks

Redefined READS
Literary Bookmarks
Thursday, January 21

Who doesn’t need a great bookmark! Watch and learn how to make how your own literary bookmark with a book spin, fabric, ribbon and beads. All supplies are provided. Call to register for your kit today. Kits are available to pick up beginning January 19. A link to the video will be available on the day of the program.  Registration is required.

rob scott

Culinary Delights with Chef Rob Scott - Virtual
Saturday, January 23, 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a two-part series with Simply Creative Chef Rob Scott, a head chef in the Hamptons for 20 years as well as a personal chef. He has worked with many chefs in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Hungary. You may watch him at work or try your hand at his culinary delights. Menu will include an Italian bread stick, salad, grandma-style spaghetti pie, and a crustless apple crumb pie. Recipe’s included. The program will be on Facebook Live. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

For Facebook account holders, you will be prompted to sign into your account to view the program. For individuals without Facebook accounts, when prompted to sign in, scroll down the page and click on the "Not Now" button to view the program. (If prompted during the program to sign in, continue to click on the "Not Now" button to view the program.)

Click here for the Facebook Live program 10 minutes before the program starts.
Scroll down  on the page to locate the program.

dog dna
Connecticut Humane Soceity

Beyond the Breed: Exploring Dog DNA - Virtual
with the Connecticut Humane Society 
Monday, January 25, 6:30 p.m.

Dog owners are becoming increasingly interested in the genetic make-up of their furry family members. As the popularity of Canine DNA testing grows and the trend of “Breed Reveal Parties” takes hold, the need for a general understanding of dog evolution and genetics grows. In order for owners to fully understand how their small mixed breed dog could possibly have German Shepherd in its DNA, they need a basic understanding of canine genetics. This program will provide the skills needed to identify dog breeds based on their phenotypic characteristics, give background information in canine evolution, and provide a basic understanding of canine genetics.

Registration required if you want to attend the live event.  A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the program. If you are unable to attend the live event, this program will be recorded and will be available for viewing after January 27.
Sponsored by the Connecticut Humane Society & The Friends of the Library.

grab and go

Grab n Go Coloring Packets
Thursday, January 28

We are happy to offer packets of coloring pages, each with its own theme, that will be ready for Curbside Pickup on or after the dates listed while supplies last. Call to register to reserve a coloring packet.

working from home

Working from your Home Office -- Virtual
Tuesday, February 2, 7:00 p.m.

Jenn Tirillo from Concentric Care and the Newington Chamber of Commerce will offer tips and tricks for working from your home office. An email with the Zoom link will be sent out prior to the program. Registration is required.
Sponsored by the Newington Chamber of Commerce 

Winter Reading program

Adult Winter Reading Registration Day
Thursday, February 4

Adult Winter Reading registration will begin on Thursday, February 4. Registration will be online, by phone or with a printed form (upon request). Register on this day for a chance to win the kickoff prize giveaway basket.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

adult winter reading

Adult Winter Reading Program
Thursday, February 4  - Friday March 12

Register yourself online, by phone or with a print form (upon request). Read or listen to the library books of your choice at your own pace and receive one prize ticket for each book completed. Tickets will be available online or you can call to have one submitted. Weekly drawings will be held on Fridays. All weekly entries will be entered into the grand prize drawings which will be held on Friday, March 12. Winners will be notified.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

gentleman in moscow

Thursday Page Turners Book Discussion – Virtual
Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Thursday, February 4, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for this lively book discussion. The discussion will be held through Zoom and be facilitated by a library staff member. Anyone interested is invited to attend. We hope to “see” you there! An email with a Zoom link will be sent out prior to the program. Registration is required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

facebook live book sale

Book Sale on Facebook Live - Virtual
Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 p.m.
 

Join us on our Facebook Live Page for a special night of fun!!! The Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library will be holding a LIVE Book Sale Event hosted by Deanna Reney at Karmas Closet. Watch and buy your favorite authors from home. Pick up will be at Karma's Closet @3153 Berlin Turnpike in Newington. Call the library for details! Support the Friends at this virtual sale. Buy something for yourself or a gift for someone else!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

  • Click here about 10 minutes before the program on February 9 to join the event.
streaming at home

Streaming at Home - Virtual
Wednesday, February 10

Spending more time at home? Looking for something to watch? Join us for a basic overview of quality online entertainment options using streaming services and devices.

  • Click here to view the recorded program beginning February 10.
dracula

Movie Talk with Gil Gigliotti
Exploring the Evolution of Dracula – Virtual
Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Pop some popcorn and join movie buff and CCSU professor Gil Gigliotti for our second Movie Talk. Set up like a book discussion on Zoom, we will be discussing two Dracula films, 1931 starring Bela Lugosi and 1979 starring Frank Langella. Copies of both movies will be available for advance viewing, check out, and curbside pick-up at the library, and to pick up a Grab & Go movie goody bag. This movie is also available on some streaming services. Registration is required. An email with the Zoom link will be sent out prior to the program.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

grab and go

 Grab n Go Coloring Packets
 
Friday, February 12 

We are happy to offer packets of coloring pages, each with its own theme, that will be ready for Curbside Pickup on or after the dates listed while supplies last. Call to register to reserve a coloring packet.

chef scott

Culinary Delights with Chef Rob Scott - Virtual
Saturday, February 20, 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a two-part series with Simply Creative Chef Rob Scott, a head chef in the Hamptons for 20 years as well as a personal chef. He has worked with many chefs in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Hungary. You may watch him at work or try your hand at his culinary delights. Menu will feature parmesan-crusted quesadilla with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil; panko chicken Milanese with blistered tomatoes; and a sweet ending with a batch of ultimate chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. The program will be on Facebook Live. A link will be provided at the time of the program.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

For Facebook account holders, you will be prompted to sign into your account to view the program. For individuals without Facebook accounts, when prompted to sign in, scroll down the page and click on the "Not Now" button to view the program.
The link will be posted at the time of the program.

Connecticut Humane Soceity
pet savvy

Pet Savvy Citizens - Virtual
with the Connecticut Humane Society

Monday, February 22, 6:30 p.m.

Do you have a pet in your life? Or are you looking for ways interact with pets in the community? During this interactive program you will learn all about the benefits of pet ownership and interaction, how to get involved with pets and the important components of pet safety. This program is specifically designed for adults and senior citizens. Registration is required if you want to attend the live event. A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the program. If you are unable to attend the live event, this program will be recorded and will be available for viewing after February 24.
Sponsored by the Connecticut Humane Society & The Friends of the Library.

black eyed susan flowers

ReDefined READS - Virtual
Literary Blooms
Wednesday, February 24

Watch and learn how to make how make your own bouquet of Black-Eyed Susan flowers form old book pages. All supplies are provided. Call to register for your kit today. Kits are available to pick up beginning February 22. A link to the video will be available on the day of the program. Registration is required.

  •  Click here to view the recorded program beginning February 24.
grab and go

Grab n Go Coloring Packets
 
Friday, February 26

 
We are happy to offer packets of coloring pages, each with its own theme, that will be ready for Curbside Pickup on or after the dates listed while supplies last. Call to register to reserve a coloring packet.

​     Some past programs you may have missed    

suicide prevention

Suicide Prevention – It’s Okay to Ask for Help - Virtual
Monday, December 14

People are struggling these days – with the fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic, and the holidays being right around the corner, they might be thinking about suicide.   Join Heather Hitchcock from Bristol Health Care to learn about resources and strategies to get help for yourself, a loved one, a friend or perhaps someone you do not know at all.

cloud

Save It to the Cloud – Virtual
Wednesday, December 9

Wondering about that invisible cloud above our heads? Cloud storage is the answer to avoid wasting valuable storage space on your device. Watch this pre-recorded program to learn more about the cloud and how to use it.

book page coasters

ReDefined READS – Book Page Cork Coaster – Virtual
Tuesday, December 8

Watch and learn how to make book page cork coasters using cork squares, old book pages and Mod Podge with Library Director Lisa Masten. These make a great gift for the holidays. All supplies will be provided. Call to register for your own kit beginning on December 3. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library 

rolled art box

ReDefined READS – Rolled Art Boxes – Virtual
Wednesday, November 18

Watch and learn how to make rolled paper art boxes with Library Director Lisa Masten. These make a great gift for the holidays. All supplies will be provided. Call to register for your own kit beginning on November 9. A link to the video will be available on the day of the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

paint night

Paint for Fun – Virtual
Tuesday November 17

Join us virtually for a fun and creative hour of painting in the comfort of your own home. Sign up and get supplies at the library. Laura Healy from Middlewoods will give step-by-step guidance as you create an acrylic seasonal masterpiece. Registration required. An email with the Zoom link will be sent out prior to the event. This program, along with the supply list, can be viewed afterwards on our website and you can have a paint night of your own.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Middlewoods of Newington.

before and after

Before & After Your Computer – Virtual
Wednesday, November 11
 
Need an upgrade? Not sure what new computer to buy? At a loss about what to do with your old one? Watch this pre-recorded program for some advice and tips to make the right purchase and dispose of your old computer properly!

dynasty

Dynasty by Jeff Benedict – Virtual
Recorded interview about the new book on the New England Patriots by Connecticut Author Jeff Benedict 
Monday, November 9

Connecticut’s own Jeff Benedict, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, has a conversation about the New England Patriots dynasty with Michael Holley, a former Boston Globe columnist. Learn how the Patriots dynasty was built and how it lasted for two decades. Jeff Benedict provides answers in a sweeping account based on exclusive interviews with more than 200 insiders—including team executives, coaches, players, players’ wives, team doctors, lawyers, and more. Benedict discusses the near-move of the Patriots to Hartford and uncovers new details about the inner workings of a team notorious for its secrecy.

If you would like a hardcover copy of the book with an autographed bookplate, a limited number of signed editions will be available for purchase at Barnes and Noble in Farmington, CT. This would make a great holiday gift for the football fan in your life. 

work life balance

Work and Home Life Balance – Virtual
Monday, November 2, 7:00 p.m.
 

If you're finding difficulty balancing work and life in these stressful times, join us for some specific strategies that can help.
Sponsored by the Newington Chamber of Commerce.